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Divorce and your health

People in New Jersey who make the choice to separate from or divorce their spouse know that they will have many new concerns to contend with and decisions to make. In the midst of navigating complex negotiations about asset and debt division, child support, parenting time schedules and more, divorcing spouses should also take the time to focus on their health. There is a body of research that indicates a person's physical and emotional health is subject to a dip during this time, and perhaps even after.

Can you withdraw your share of your ex-spouse's 401k?

Divorce can bring with a great deal of uncertainty. You may have no idea where you will live in Florham Park or how you will be able to support yourself. Alimony may be an option (especially if you were not the primary income earner in your marital home), yet such a benefit is not awarded automatically. Plus, monthly alimony payments may not be able to help you if you need immediate funds to put down on a house or apartment, or pay to go back to school or receive vocational training. 

Why is child support important?

Financial security is important for children, especially if their parents are divorced. Living and moving between two different households can be hard for kids, but child support can make things easier by providing relatively similar standards of life. This is why it is extremely important that parents not only pay child support, but that judges order the correct amount.

Is it easier to obtain custody as a stay-at-home father?

Ideally, family courts in New Jersey should make custody decisions on the basis of what is in your child's best interest. According to this principle you, as a father, should not have difficulty obtaining joint custody of your child because the law generally presumes that that is in the child's best interest unless there is particular evidence to the contrary.

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